Taxes can seem complicated at best to many people, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of resources that can help you figure out your taxes, and even some places right here in Whatcom County that will give you free help preparing your return.
If You Need Help Filing Your Taxes
Does your household make less than $54,000/year? If so, you can get free assistance filing your taxes at the Opportunity Council.
Call 360-734-5121 ext. 241 to schedule your appointment.
1111 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225
By appointment only, call 360-734-5121 ext. 241
Dates: January 29 – July 15
Closed February 19
Free parking available
East Whatcom Regional Resource Center
8251 Kendall Rd., Maple Falls, WA 98266
Walk-in or appointment, call 360-734-5121 ext. 241
Thursday, March 22
8:30AM – 10:30AM
Saturday, February 10 and April 14
10:30AM – 12:30PM
If You Need a Preparer to File for You
AARP Tax Aide Sites provide free basic and limited complex income tax return preparation with electronic filing to all individuals, including past year returns.
2401 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225
Dates: January 27 – April 17
Monday through Thursday 3:30PM – 6:30PM (Doors open at 2:45PM)
Saturdays 12:30PM – 4:00PM (Doors open at 11:45AM)
Free parking – Enter main entrance at back of church off Logan St.
Disabled entrance and parking are off Morris St. and Cornwall Ave.
315 Halleck St., Bellingham, WA 98225
By appointment only, call 360-733-4030
Dates: February 2 – April 13
Tuesdays 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Fridays 9:00AM – 3:00PM
VITA Tax Sites provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to households making less than $66,000/year. More information on 2018 tax sites coming soon!
516 High St., Bellingham, WA 98225
Parks Hall, Room 336
Dates: February 5 – April 17
Monday through Wednesday 4:30PM – 8:30PM
Closed February 19 and March 15 – April 2
Free parking in WWU’s C lots after 4:30PM on weekdays
237 W Kellogg Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226
Heiner Library Classroom #201B
Dates: February 13 – April 17
Mondays 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Fridays 10:00AM – 12:00PM, 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Closed February 19 and March 24 – April 2
November 1, 2017
Open enrollment (Health Care) starts.
December 15, 2017
Open enrollment (Health Care) ends for January 1, 2018 coverage.
January 15, 2018
Open enrollment ends for February 1, 2018 coverage.
January 29, 2018
IRS begins accepting electronic returns.
January 31, 2018
Companies must mail W-2 forms by this date.
February 16, 2018
Financial institutions must mail out 1099-B, 1099-S, and 1099 MISC forms.
February 29, 2018
Farmers and fishermen with a balance due on their taxes must file their tax returns and pay the balance by this deadline to avoid late-fees.
April 17, 2018
Deadline to submit your individual tax returns for 2017. If you are behind on your taxes, this is also the last day to file an amended tax return.
October 17, 2018
For those that filed an extension, October 17 is the deadline to file your individual return.
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With a little preparation, doing your taxes doesn’t have to be a difficult process. This guide contains helpful information to get you started. You may want to get a folder or other container to put these documents in as you cross them off the list.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
If you work and have a low to moderate income, you may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. If you qualify, the credit could lower the amount of tax you owe the government, or give you a larger refund. To qualify, you have to meet a list of requirements, and have to file a tax return with the IRS, even if you don’t owe taxes for the year.
Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)
The Additional Child Tax Credit can lower your tax burden even more, and can result in you getting a better refund. You don’t have to have more than one child to qualify for the ACTC. As long as the amount of tax you owe is less than the amount of the Child Tax Credit (up to $1,000 per child), you might qualify for this additional credit. While the Child Tax Credit isn’t refundable (say you owe $600, and the credit is worth $1,000 – you would just owe nothing, but wouldn’t get $400 in a tax return), the Additional Child Tax Credit can put some of that money back in your pocket.